Honda launches first plug-in hybrid in United States
The Accord Plug-in Hybrid is the second model to launch under the carmaker’s Earth Dreams Technology banner, following the European-market Civic 1.6 i-DTEC late last year. It uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 170bhp electric motor, with the latter supplied by a lithium ion battery pack.
After a three-hour charge, drivers will be able to cover 13 miles using only the electric motor, or switch between petrol and part-electric modes as required. Under heavy acceleration, the petrol engine is used to boost the power output of the electric motor. A new HondaLink smartphone app allows owners to check charging progress remotely.
The EPA has awarded the Accord Plug-in Hybrid a 115MPGe rating on its electric vehicle test cycle, higher than the Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid (110MPGe), Chevrolet Volt (98MPGe) and Prius Plug-in (95MPGe). Combined fuel economy using the petrol engine is higher than all except the Prius.
Prices start at £39,780, a £6,350 increase over the equivalent V6 petrol non-hybrid version, and the car has been approved to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in California regardless of how many are on board.For more of the latest industry news, click here.